Video: 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II becomes a rally car

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 18, 2012

This video of the 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II racing through a British field like a rally car has been getting a lot of attention. The very luxurious Phantom is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 6.7-liter V-12 that delivers 453 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels.

It has an electronically limited top speed of 149 mph. With a weight of 5798-lbs, the vehicle can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 5.7 seconds. In this video, the driver of this Phantom attempts to show off the vehicle’s power in a very enthusiastic manner.

He demonstrates that the Phantom is highly capable of smoking its rear wheels, or swinging its tail out to create some impressive drifting. It also shows how its suspension is so effective at absorbing dips and dives on gravel roads, dirt tracks, and rutted grass.

Even when drifting sideways, the Rolls-Royce Phantom maintains its dignified presence. Viewers never lose sight of the stateliness of the Phantom with its price of $403,970 even when it appears to have rolled around in the mud.

The entry of the Rolls-Royce Phantom into the market at the start of 2003 signaled both the launch of a new ultra-luxury vehicle and the 21st century comeback of the most famous luxury car brand in the world. It also provided the first peek into a masterpiece that would instantaneously propel it to the top of automotive excellence.

Rolls-Royce Phantom has been deemed worthy of the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine from the very start. It sported a design that was clearly and unmistakably a Rolls-Royce, from the long overhang at the back to the Pantheon grille. No matter what angle you looked at it, you would see a car that is elegant and daring, with a road presence that is unbeaten by other cars in its segment.

Even with its imposing looks, the Rolls-Royce Phantom delightfully surprised customers and drivers because of its precision and agility. The company described the ride experience as one that would lower the pulse. The awesome ride that earlier models have been famous for is back.

The car’s light aluminum frame is simply a breakthrough, while the direct injection V12 engine paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox gives it so much power.

This engineering excellence was matched with the elegant and aesthetically pleasing interior. The insides of the Phantom had sumptuous hand-stitched leathers, exquisite and meticulous detailing, and fine veneers, all of which combine to relay the message that the car was special and one of a kind.

Lastly, there were more Phantom variants. These were ushered in by the Phantom Extended Wheelbase that was launched in 2005. Two year later, the Phantom Drophead Coupé was launched and this ushered in the age of luxurious and fun open-top driving. Then you have the Phantom Coupé, which was the car brand’s sophisticated grand tourer, launched a year after the Drophead Coupe. All of these models were warmly welcomed by customers.

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